Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:07

Kate Barry dies

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We have heard, with great sadness, that Kate, John's youngest daughter, has died as a result of a fall from her Paris apartment. 

An investigation by local police is ongoing but they believe she may have taken her own life. Kate lived in France. She was 46.

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Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:07

The Don Black Songbook

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MUSIC: Diamonds are Forever: The Don Black Songbook

Something for the diary - for those who can receive BBC4.
MUSIC: Diamonds are Forever: The Don Black Songbook, BBC 4, Friday 3rd January 2014
Time: 19:30 to 21:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes long)
Don Black, the lyricist behind a huge collection of popular hit songs including Diamonds are Forever, Born Free, Ben and Love Changes Everything, shares some fascinating insights into his life's work with Michael Grade, in between live performances of his songs by Brian May, Eliza Doolittle, Frances Ruffelle, Gary Wilmot, Gregory Porter, Katie Melua, Kerry Ellis, Laura Wright, Marc Almond, Maria Friedman, Marti Webb, Michael Ball, Only Men Aloud and Richard Stilgoe. Recorded at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
(Stereo, Widescreen, Subtitles)

Saturday, 07 December 2013 15:06

The Hallé: An Evening with James Bond

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The Hallé: An Evening with James Bond, 29 December 2013

Stephen Bell
conductor | Mary Carewe vocalist | Matthew Ford vocalist, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

Thursday, 05 December 2013 15:05

Bond and Beyond

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Bond and Beyond
28 December 2013 / 19:30
Barbican, London, Hall

Programme to include: 'From Russia with Love', 'Goldfinger', 'Diamonds are Forever', 'Live and Let Die', 'For Your Eyes Only', 'License to Kill', 'Tomorrow Never Dies', 'Thunderball', 'The Spy who Loved Me', 'Moonraker', 'Skyfall'

Raymond Gubbay Big Band Orchestra, John Rigby conductor, Louise Dearman guest singer, Matt Little guest singer

Sunday, 01 December 2013 15:05

Special showing You Only Live Twice at BFI

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Special showing of You Only Live Twice at BFI SouthBank, London
David Arnold introduces a special showing of You Only Live Twice at BFI SouthBank, London. 23rd January NFT1 2030. Members ballot for tickets. Only members can apply, though they can take one guest.

Friday, 01 November 2013 15:04

Petulia at BFI

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Petulia being shown at BFI SouthBank, London
Sunday 19th January 2040 NFT2
Monday 20th January 1810 NFT3    

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 15:04

Blow the Bloody Doors Off!

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Music by Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, John Barry and Roy Budd from Michael Caine's most iconic films
6 February 2014 / 19:30
Barbican Hall

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 15:03

Classic FM tribute to John Barry

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Classic FM 5pm Saturday 2nd November, tribute to John Barry on Saturday Night at the Movies.

Saturday Night at the Movies: Saturday 2 November, 17:00. A tribute to John Barry on the eve of the 80th anniversary of his birth.
"On the eve of the 80th anniversary of the birth of John Barry, which falls tomorrow, Howard Goodall presents a special programme celebrating one of Hollywood's most popular – and most missed – film composers... "
John Barry: 15 facts about the great composer

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 15:03

New covers CD "James Bond on Electric Guitar"

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Lou Pecci has just released an album of James Bond music with a difference. In "James Bond on Electric Guitar" (11 John Barry compositions and 1 original tune), all the tracks are played on the guitar. Furthermore they are not restricted to the usual title themes and songs:

James Bond Theme ("Dr.No")
007 ("From Russia With Love")
Into Miami ("Goldfinger")
Goldfinger - Instrumental Version
Switching the Body ("Thunderball")
Death of Fiona ("Thunderball")
The Wedding ("You Only Live Twice")
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Main Title
We Have All the Time in the World ("On Her Majesty's Secret Service")
Diamonds Are Forever - Main Title
Tiffany Case ("Diamonds Are Forever")
The Black Path - L. Pecci

You can find more details at various Amazon sites around the world, and it's also available via iTunes.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 15:02

Nic Raine concert - RAH

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NIC RAINE CONCERT - ROYAL ALBERT HALL - OCTOBER 4TH

Collector Ian Mcdonald commented on our John Barry Appreciation Society Facebook page: For those of you attending this event a good few fans are meeting up from about 12.30pm on the day of the Concert in the Kensington Close Hotel, Wrights Lane, Kensington in the main bar/lounge area.

Directions: tube to High St Kensington, out of station and turn left, then take 1st left into Wrights Lane. It's about a quarter of a mile walk from the station. If you access Google Maps this will give you an idea. Those attending are requested to register on the JBAS Facebook page so that a designated area may be negociated. RAH is no more than a 15-20 minute walk
http://www.kensingtonclosehotel.com/default-en.htm

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Concert: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra " Great Movie Themes"

Saturday 8 February 2014 7:30 pm
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Great Movie Themes Nicholas Dodd conductor, Margherita Taylor presenter
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool. Tickets

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New CD: John Barry The Early YearsConcert: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Great Movie Themes

Saturday 15 February 2014, 7.30pm
Concert: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Great Movie Themes
Nicholas Dodd conductor
King George's Hall, Blackburn town centre
Click here to download 2013/2014 season brochure
The name’s Barry… John Barry. But this legendary British film composer was much more than just the man who gave a generation of James Bond themes style, swing and sex-appeal. From the wide open spaces of Out of Africa to the soaring emotions of Born Free and Dances with Wolves, tonight we celebrate some of the greatest movie music ever written – and savour again the sheer thrill of Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, Diamonds Are Forever, You Only Live Twice and many more. Expect silken strings, sassy brass and tunes that sound like a million dollars. Relax and enjoy ... we have all the time in the world! Pre-concert talk: Nicholas Dodd interviewed by Samuel Hudson, Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral.

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Concert:Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - The Music of John Barry

Wednesday 19 February, 2014, 7:30 PM
Concert: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - The Music of John Barry
Nicholas Dodd conductor, Margherita Taylor presenter
The Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND.
More information

Monday, 15 July 2013 14:51

New CD: John Barry The Early Years

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New CD: John Barry The Early Years

New CD: John Barry The Early YearsWe are pleased to announce that a new John Barry CD is now available. "John Barry - The Early Years" is a compilation album focusing on the years 1959-1962, in which every track features a Barry arrangement or composition.

The majority of tracks are making their début on CD, and Barry's library music for Chappell is all together on one CD for the first time.

The mix of songs and instrumentals includes twelve Barry compositions and three by Lionel Bart. The final three tracks are an early Christmas bonus from Nina & Frederik!

Please note that although this is not a numbered limited edition, it's very likely that only 1000 CDs will be manufactured. If sales are reasonably encouraging, further CD releases on this label will follow!

If you live in the UK the cost is £11 including postage, and it's £13 for the rest of the world. We prefer Paypal. We realise that using PayPal to order is not everybody's cup of tea. So, If you cannot or don't wish to use PayPal, for any reason, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will endeavour to arrange an alternative method of payment.

However, please note, we cannot accept payment by credit/debit cards. Order here

The full track listing is:

1.  Be Mine - Lance Fortune
2.  It's Not Too Late - Johnny Gavotte
3.  The Clanger March - Des Lane
4.  Arrivederci Baby - Little Tony & His Brothers
5.  You Made me Love You - Johnny De Little
6.  Easy Beat - Bert Weedon           
7.  Heartbeat - The England Sisters       
8.  Youthful Years - Danny Williams
9.  I Vibrate - Larry Page & The Saga Satellites
10. Mood One - The John Barry Orchestra
11. I want my Bed - Bobby Shafto     
12. Keep A Walkin' - Tony Rocco   
13. Mood Two - The John Barry Orchestra   
14. Action - Lance Fortune   
15. If the Young Ones can be Happy - Billy Cotton
16. Mood Three - The John Barry Orchestra
17. Love's a Secret Game - Dennis Lotis    
18. Love Me - Danny Davis
19. Mood Four - The John Barry Orchestra   
20. The Makings of a Man - Peter Gordeno           
21. Marilyn - Larry Page & The Saga Satellites
22. Moonbird - Des Lane            
23. Never Ending - Mark Tracey        
24. Nowhere in this World - Derry Hart & The Hartbeats   
25. Opposites - Billy Cotton & Kathie Kay   
26. Smoky Blues - The John Barry Orchestra
27. Ramona - The Five Dallas Boys   
28. They - Johnny  De  Little
29. Trouble Shooter - Bob Miller & The Millermen   
30. You're My Only Girl - Danny Davis
31. Baby Talk - Bill & Brett Landis   
32. I Got Eyes - Peter Gordeno
33. The Lolly Theme - The John Barry Orchestra
34. Santa Claus is coming to Town - Nina & Frederik   
35. Silent Night - Nina & Frederik
36. White Christmas - Nina & Frederik

Total running time 78' 59"

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http://www.silvascreen.com/LMW/images/main.gifLondon Music Works - The Film & TV Theme Extravaganza

London Music Works - The Film & TV Theme Extravaganza,
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, N1, 2UD London,
9th July.

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Classic FM (UK) Great Composer this week: John Barry
Tim Lihoreau's Great Composer this week: John Barry
Listen every morning this week between 6 and 7 as Tim Lihoreau plays great film music by John Barry and offers up a daily fact you almost certainly don't know about this movie music giant.
http://www.classicfm.com/radio/

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Exhibit: The James Bond Theme: Music to Live, Die, and Love Another Day

April 12, 2013–March 14, 2014
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
Special Hours on April 13 • 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-5:00
Wednesday 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-5:00
1103 South Sixth Street, Champaign, IL
More...
and also:here...

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Rosie Clarkson, who will play Barbara in the forthcoming production of "Billy", will be appearing on Elaine Paige's BBC Radio 2 show this Sunday, May 26.
As most will know, Elaine played Rita, her rival, in the original production.

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"Sings James Bond" and "John Barry Omnibus" return to BBC4

Interesting to note that after we were originally told that the BBC could not afford to repeat their John Barry Omnibus programme as a tribute after he died, it's being screened yet again on Saturday May 18, on BBC4!

On before it is " ...Sings James Bond", which includes various performances of the theme songs as originally screened on BBC.
Thanks for the tip, MB!

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 14:46

Bryan Forbes dies, 86

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Film director Bryan Forbes has died at the age of 86

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John Barry and Don Black's Billy to Receive First London Revival at Union Theatre
Billy - Union Theatre, London, May and June 2013
Great news for John Barry fans able to travel to London between the end of May and June this year. The John Barry - Don Black musical 'Billy' is set to receive its first London revival since the original run ended in 1976, and it will also be an opportunity for many to hear for the first time the songs not included in the original.

From Playbill.com: "Billy, the 1974 musical with a score by the late John Barry (music) and Don Black (lyrics) that originally starred Michael Crawford at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, is to receive its first London revival at the fringe Union Theatre."

It will begin performances May 29 prior to an official opening May 31, for a run through June 29. More...

Wednesday 29th May to Saturday 29th June 2013
Previews Wednesday 29th/Thursday 30th May
Tuesday - Saturday at 7.30pm
Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm
Tickets £19.50
Concessions £17.50
(29th May - 2nd June All Tickets £15)
Box Office: 020 7261 9876
Online Bookings: www.ticketsource.co.uk/uniontheatre

Official 'Billy' web page: http://www.billythemusical.co.uk/

ACT 1:

  1. Ambrosia (& Reprise)  – Chorus
  2. And - Alice, Geoffrey, Gran, Billy ***
  3. Some Of Us Belong To The Stars – Billy ***
  4. Happy To Be Ourselves - Billy, Arthur, Company *
  5. The Witch's Song - Barbara, Billy ***
  6. Lies - Barbara, Billy ***
  7. It Were All Green Hills – Duxbury ***
  8. Aren't You Billy Fisher? - Billy, Company

ACT 2:

  1. My Heart Is Ready When You Are - Liz, Billy
  2. Billy - Billy, Liz, Barbara, Rita ***
  3. Remembering - Alice, Geoffrey ***
  4. Any Minute Now - Rita, Barbara ***
  5. The Lady From LA - Billy, Company
  6. I Can Make A Difference - Liz, Billy
  7. Some Of Us Belong To The Stars (Reprise) – Billy, Company
  8. Billy (Reprise) - Liz
  9. I Missed the Last Rainbow - Billy ***
10. Ambrosia (Reprise) – Chorus

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James Bond 60, concert show, conductor Nic Raine, Budapest

19 July 2013, 8pm - Margaret Island Open-air Stage

"As a celebration of the Bond character’s 60th birthday and the fillms series’ 50th anniversary, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra performs a special concert recalling the greatest hits of the Bond films.

The concert’s conductor is Nic Raine, who worked as the orchestrator for John Barry during the recording of A View to a Kill and The Living Daylights, and has worked on several Bond-themed albums with the Prague Philharmonics."

Featuring: the Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Nic Raine
Producer: Szabad Tér Színház

Order tickets here...

Monday, 03 June 2013 14:43

Concerts!

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"The Very Best of John Barry", conducted by Nic Raine
Thursday 3 October 2013 7.30pm, Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth
Tickets for the concert in the Royal Albert Hall in London, which will be held on October 4th, go on sale on Thursday 28th March.
The third concert will be at the Hexagon in Reading on 5th October 2013. Tickets will go on sale "from June 17th onwards". check the RPO / Hexagon websites.
Added March 18, 2013 Update March 21, 2013 / updates: May 7, 2013 / June 3, 2013

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 14:43

Classic FM's Hall of Fame

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Coming up this weekend (Easter): Classic FM's Hall of Fame is the world's largest survey of classical music tastes – and from 9am on Friday through to 9pm Monday they're counting down the top 300 for 2013.
John Barry's film music usually performs very well in the chart, so they'll be playing lots of it over the four days and would really like for all lovers of the idiom to tune in and follow along.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:42

Cinema In Symphony

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Rory McAllister will be hosting, on Sunday night 24 February 2013, in Bracknell, Berkshire – Cinema In Symphony. The Reading Symphony Orchestra will be playing some John Barry from Out of Africa, alongside John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore et al. http://www.southhillpark.org.uk/?lid=1018

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:42

'John Barry, A Sixties Theme' reissued

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'John Barry, A Sixties Theme, From James Bond To Midnight Cowboy' by Eddie Fiegel reissued

'John Barry, A Sixties Theme, From James Bond To Midnight Cowboy' by Eddie Fiegel has been reissued. The new Faber edition includes a brand new foreword from Fiegel in which she brings the story up to date and talks about what it was like working with John on the book, who fully co-oprated with the writing of it and spent many many hours doing interviews with her, and his thoughts on it having read it etc. Other than that, the rest of the book is a reissue.

Monday, 28 January 2013 14:41

First Love - track listing

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Available from 1PM PST
TRACK LISTING:
1. Main Title 4:03
2. Elgin's Room 3:55
3. No Coffee / Enjoy the Book 1:14
4. Dante's Theme 1:15
5. The Big Love Scene 7:26
6. The First Time 1:37
7. The Hallway 5:03
8. Two on a Bike 0:44
9. Soccer Game 2:38
10. Caroline's Note 1:36
11. Model House 1:06
12. Shelley Waits 2:16
13. Wait Till It Happens / I'm Shelley 2:02
14. Interchange / Night Intruder 1:20
15. The Train 1:55
16. End Credits 1:13

Total Time: 39:22

BONUS TRACKS

17. Main Title (revised) 3:59
18. The Big Love Scene (original version) 7:35
19. End Credits (original version) 0:31
20. The Restaurant 3:07
21. Piano Source 1:14
22. String Quintet No. 5 in D Major, K. 593 (Mozart) 1:55

Total Time: 18:18

TOTAL ALBUM TIME: 57:45

Friday, 18 January 2013 14:41

La La Land Official announcement of 'First Love'

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" Good afternoon, film score fans!
Coming next Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 1 pm pst are the following titles:
FIRST LOVE
MUSIC BY JOHN BARRY
LLLCD 1243
LIMITED EDTION OF 2000 UNITS
RETAIL PRICE: $19.98
Produced by Neil S. Bulk and Lukas Kendall
Mastered by Mike Matessino
Liner Notes by Jeff Bond
Art Direction by Dan Goldwasser
Paramount Pictures and La-La Land Records are proud to announce the world premiere release of one of John Barry’s lost masterpieces, FIRST LOVE, a 1977 romance starring William Katt and Susan Dey. For the first time ever, fans of Barry will be able to hear the score he wrote for this 1977 heart breaker. Mastering guru Mike Matessino was able to utilize the original 16-track tapes and remix First Love into full stereo, so the score sounds better than it ever has! Jeff bond takes the listener deep inside the film’s history and its “lost score.” The total film score clocks in around 40 minutes, plus there is an additional 18 minutes of bonus material."

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Saturday Night at the Movies: 19 January 2013 - Classic FM

"Ahead of the anniversary of the death of John Barry a little later this month, Howard Goodall pays tribute to this son of a Yorkshireman who went on to become one of Hollywood’s most in-demand film composers."

Thursday, 17 January 2013 14:40

First Love, first time ever release

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In a press release Lalaland Records announce: "We will be releasing John Barry's mostly unused score to the 1977 Romantic Drama FIRST LOVE, starring William Katt and Susan Dey. This is a gorgeous Barry score in the great style of his 1970's period.

A more detailed press release for all these titles will be forth-coming."

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